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MIKE HAMMER


BLOB SERIES


Sometimes I just run and run and run, 2017 – 2018 Acrylic and resin on panel, 84” x 108” x 3” $35,000.00 USD


Only The Names Have Changed, 2018 Acrylic and resin on panel, 72” x 60” $17,000.00 USD


Azure Delicacy Folds Amidst Growing Locks, 2017-2019 Acrylic and gloss on panel, 60” x 60” $14,000.00 USD


Make It or Break It, 2018-2019 Acrylic and resin on panel, 24” x 60” $5,600.00 USD


Cuddly Kitten, 2018 Acrylic and resin on panel, 60” x 60” $14,000.00 USD


Severance Pay When Tears Flow Not Increasing the Pain, 2019 Acrylic and resin on panel, 36” x 36” $5,000.00 USD


Tantilizing Treeline Throws Tricky Tremors, 2018-2019 Acrylic and gloss on panel, 24” x 60” $5,600.00 USD


I Suspected But Really Didn’t Think It Was True, 2018-2019 Acrylic and resin on panel, 48” x 60” $11,000.00 USD


Precious Fool, 2017-2019 Acrylic and resin on panel, 60” x 60” $14,000.00 USD


Twilight Seldom Streaks Crosses or Burns but Thoughts Linger, 2017-2019 Acrylic and resin on panel, 72” x 72” $20,000.00 USD


Problem Child, 2018 Acrylic and resin on panel, 30” x 84” $9,800.00 USD


You’re on My List, 2018 Acrylic and resin on panel, 30” x 84” $9,800.00 USD


The Big Kahuna, 2017-2019 Acrylic and resin on Panel, 42” x 144” $23,500.00 USD


EMBELLISHED BLOBS


Decorative Delight #1, 2018-2019 Acrylic and gloss on panel, 48” x 48” $9,000.00 USD


Presenting Perilous Precocious Punctual and Pragmatically Perfect Pigeons, 2018-2019 Acrylic and gloss on panel, 40” x 80” $12,500.00 USD


As Long As Things Get Better, I'll Stay, 2018-2019 Acrylic and gloss on panel, 48”x 48” $9,000.00 USD


Flights Offer Scintillating Junctions at the Mall, 2018-2019 Acrylic and gloss on panel, 30” x 60” $7,000.00 USD


Healthy Skepticism Rising, 2018-2019 Acrylic and gloss on panel, 60” x 60” $14,000.00 USD


MIKE HAMMER b. 1972, Calgary, ON Lives and works in Toronto, Canada

Mike Hammer’s work celebrates the vitality and strength of color and pushes the boundaries of what a painting can be. From the shimmering colors and tactile allure of his optically engaging Stripes paintings to his riveting Spiral series, Hammer’s abstract works have garnered attention across the globe. In 2016, Hammer’s Blob paintings became internationally recognized as a result of numerous viral videos showcasing his unique process including 6 million+ views for a video produced by Art Insider. The Blob paintings emerged in 2015 after Hammer produced a series of experimental pieces inspired by American artist Holton Rower. Hammer’s works involved continually pouring color over color, causing the paint to coalesce into organic and psychedelic shapes, all in a single sitting. The breakthrough came when Hammer let the initial pour layer dry completely before re-application. Instead of merging and flattening as before, each new paint pour created an impeccable circular form which, when repeated in the same location, produced a delightful mass of paint Mike decided to call a blob. Like an Albers ‘Homage to the Square’ painting, every blob is composed of a distinctive color combination. Some combinations are pleasing, some are garish, some are complimentary, others fight. And while every blob is an individual entity, they nevertheless form a vital component of the entire painting. In the end, Hammer forces us to see paint as both subject and object as he builds mysterious worlds through his innovative pouring technique.


MIKE HAMMER

C.V.

Selected Solo Exhibitions 2019

Evolve, Gallery 133, Toronto, Canada

2017

Eye Candy, Laura Rathe Fine Art; Houston, Texas

2012

Rhythm and Opticality, Michael Gibson Gallery; London, Ontario, Canada

2010

Swerve, Gallery 133; Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2004

Round About, Broome Street Gallery, New York

2003

Raw Obsessions, Gallery Neubacher; Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2002

Alive, Gallery Neubacher; Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2000

No Things, Childress Gallery; Ojai, California

Selected Group Exhibitions 2018

Dream Weaver, Laura Rathe Fine Art; Houston, Texas To The Future, Laura Rathe Fine Art; Dallas, Texas

2015

Hammer, Rotter, Young, Gallery 133; Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2010

Varied Artists, Art Gallery of Hamilton; Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

2009

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit; Nathan Philips Square; Toronto, Ontario, Canada Aqua Art Miami, Michael Gibson Gallery; Miami, Florida


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MIKE HAMMER CATALOGUE - SCOPE 2019  

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